Chicory Root, 1 oz (Chichorium intybus)
Herbal Uses of Chicory Root
- Chicory extract has antifungal features and is a potential choice as an antifungal drug. Chicory root extract in the comestible format of about 70 to 100 mg/kg/day has no toxic effects, and it can help eliminate Candida or yeast.
- Liver Disorders
- Studies have shown that chicory root extract may be beneficial in treating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). It has been used for centuries to help cleanse the blood and provide functional support to the liver.
- Chicory root fiber, which contains compounds like inulin and chicoric acid, can help to reduce blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes. A 2-month study in 49 women with type 2 diabetes found that taking 10 grams of inulin per day led to significant decreases in blood sugar levels. Additionally, chicory root fiber may regulate appetite and decrease overall calorie intake, potentially leading to weight loss.
- It has been reported to demonstrate antioxidant properties, as well as other biological activities such as anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-parasitic effects. It is also a good source of phenols, vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus.
- Drinking chicory coffee may help to reduce constipation and improve bowel function. A 2017 study found that taking chicory inulin supplements for 4 weeks increased stool frequency and softness, thereby improving constipation symptoms. However, consuming too much inulin from chicory coffee may lead to stomach cramping, flatulence, constipation, diarrhea and other digestive distress.
- Drinking an infusion of chicory root has been used in Turkey as a way to prevent ulcers. Studies on rat’s stomachs have shown that it has a gastroprotective effect. This suggests that chicory root may be beneficial for those with ulcers, as it can help to reduce the secretion of gastric juice and reduce acidity in the stomach. Additionally, dried chicory added to coffee can counter the effects of caffeine and help to heal ulcers. However, it is important to note that both coffee and chicory are not recommended for consumption with erosive gastritis or a stomach ulcer. Therefore, it is best to consult a doctor before consuming chicory root if you have an existing ulcer.
Cichorium intybus: Traditional Uses, Phytochemistry, Pharmacology, and Toxicology
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